The Buckeyes came out on fire tonight against Savannah State, routing the Tigers 85-45 in Columbus. In particular, the Buckeyes came out clicking in all phases of the game, and really made it tough for the Tigers to operate on the offensive end. DeShaun Thomas led all scorers with 22 points, despite scoring only 1 in the first half. He was joined by LaQuinton Ross (13), Shannon Scott (12), and Evan Ravenel (10) in double figures from the Buckeyes, while the Tigers only saw Arnold Louis (14) break the 10 barrier.
I definitely want to give a shout out to Evan Ravenel’s 10 points and career high 9 rebounds. Unfortunately, he still doesn’t have a double double, but it’s only a matter of time. I’d also like to mention Alex Rogers who saw decent playing time in the last 4 minutes, and Jake Lorbach who scored his first points in a Buckeye uniform when he connected on a free throw at the end of the game.
Savannah State never really challenged the Buckeyes during the course of this game. Ohio State opened with a strong offensive showing, with DeShaun Thomas scoring 21 of the Buckeyes 42 points in the first half. OSU dominated on the glass at 44-18 for the game, not surprisingly considering SSU’s height disadvantage. The Bucks also did a good job of finding the open shooter and connecting on it.
I’ve gotta give the Tigers credit for coming out of the break with a little more fire and effort. The sudden change in pace seemed to catch the Buckeyes off guard at first before they regained their traction. Thomas struggled with his shooting in the second, but it was more than made up for by several others, including LaQuinton Ross, who scored all of his points during the second stanza.
The Buckeyes are back in action tonight versus the Tigers of Savannah State.
Joining us as usual – and special thanks to all of them for making these such a great success – are the other members of the Buckeye Blogger Network. Make sure to stop by their place and say, “hey”: Buckeye Ninja, Our Honor Defend, Men of the Scarlet and Gray, Buckeye Empire, Silver Bullet, The Buckeye Blog, Unscripted Ohio, and Fox Sports Ohio.
The Liveblog will tip around 6:30 PM EST, with the Basketball game starting at 7:00 PM on the BTN.
The Ohio State men continue their stretch of games in which they should win when they face the Savannah State Tigers out of the Mid-Eastern Conference tonight at home. The Buckeyes are coming off an easy win against Long Beach State. Savannah State, however, is coming off an 10 day layoff after losing their conference opener to Norfolk State on December 1st.
|School:||Savannah State University|
|Division:||NCAA Division 1|
|Conference:||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC)|
|Head Coach:||Horace Broadnax|